David L. Kirp

Senior Fellow in Residence

David L. Kirp is the Professor of the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley. He brings his considerable expertise to LPI’s Early Childhood Learning team and an Institute project on community schools. He is co-author of the June 2016 report, The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States.

Kirp has written 17 books—including Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future and Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for American Education, the latter of which was named outstanding book of 2013 by the American Educational Research Association. He also drafted a policy framework for early education as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Currently, he is a contributing writer to the New York Times.

Kirp graduated from Amherst College—and is a former trustee of his alma mater—and Harvard Law School. He was the founding director of the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and he also serves as a member of the board of Friends of the Children and on the international advisory committee of Escuela Nueva, a Colombia-based nonprofit that in the past quarter-century has educated millions of children in the developing world.

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